Pediatric COVID-19 cases causing concern in Flagler County

>> WESTERNS KEEP ON. MICHEL:LE COVER CASES AND CHILDREN GET A NEW PEAK OF YOUNG AGE KURDS ARE AT A LOOK – LOWER RISK FOR SERIOUS THIS IS, THE DELTA MARION CAUSES THE SPIKE IN CASES. ACCORDING TO LTESAT DATA, THE NEW AVERAGE OF SEVEN DAYS IS OVER 11% MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS AVERAGE OF SEVEN DAYS. THOSE STATS ARE A CONCERN IN FLAERGL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY THAT THERE ARE NOT A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL. MICHELLE: THEY SEE THE NUMBER OF CLIMATE OF PEDIATRIC COVERED CASES. REPORT: THERE WERE THE BIGGEST GROUP OF CASES IN FLORIDA LAST WEEK IN THE UNDER 12 GROUP. IT WAS 23,000. REPORT:ER IN FLAGLER COUNTY, MEDICALIR DECTOR DR. STEVEN MIKELL SAYS HE HAS SEEN THE PEDIATRIC SPIKE WITH CASES THAT JUMP 100 FOLDS WHEN KIDS RETURN TO SCHOOL. HOW CHILDREN TYPICALLY WEATHER THAN ADULTS, AND LESS OFTEN BECOME HOSPITALEDIZ, SAY THE PHYSICIAN CASE NUMBERS IN THE EAG GROUPS ARE NOT TRIVIAL. HE POINTS OUT THE LACK OF COVID PARTICLES IN SCHOOLS WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM. >> NO MASKS. ALTA VARIANT MUCH MORE INFECTIOUS. PEOPLE HAVE RELAXED THEIR WATCHING. IT’S A PERFECT STORM. REPOER:RT FLAGLER COUNTY SCHOOL OFFICIALS REJECTED WHEREAS B EACH KIND OF MASS POLICIES. EVEN HOW THE HEALTH SERVICE OFFICER SAY A LOW, MEDIUM TO HIGH IMPACT STRATEGY MASK. >> IT’S REALLY A MINIMUM EFFORT TO DO IT AND THEN AVOID A LOT OF CASES BECAUSE EVERYONE DOES IT ABOUT SCHOOL AGE REPORTER: AGE POPULATION. REPORT:ERREPORTER: MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SAY ALL CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT INFECTED ARE LESS LIKELY TO BECOME A SELLER — SERIOUSLY ILL, THEY CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS TO VULNERABLE ADULTS AROUND THEM. BICKEL BELIEVES THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM, HOPE. DELTA HAS LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN VACCINATIONS. IF AND HE SAYS MORE LIKELY WHEN WE ARE CONCENTRATED WITH ANOTHER WA OFVE DISEASE, THE DOLL

Pediatric COVID-19 Cases of Concern in Flagler County

Updated: 4:41 PM EDT Sept 3, 2021

Pediatric COVID-19 cases have been a concern in Flagler County, although health department officials say they don’t see a significant number of hospitalizations among children there. The largest group of cases in Florida last week was in the under-12s group: it was 23,000. In Flagler County, medical director of the health department, Dr. Stephen Bickel, that he’s seen that pediatric spike too, with cases jumping 100 times as kids returned to school. While children typically weather COVID-19 better than adults and are hospitalized much less often, Dr. Bickel says the case numbers in that age group are not trivial and points to the lack of COVID-19 protocols in schools as part of the problem. “No masks for one, delta variant much more contagious. People have relaxed their vigilance a little bit, so it’s kind of a perfect storm,” Bickel said. Department officials say masks are a low-cost, moderate-to-high-impact strategy. “It’s really a minimal effort to do it and it prevents quite a few cases because everyone is doing it in the school-age population,” Bickel said. Medical experts say children who become infected are less likely to become seriously ill, but they can spread the virus to vulnerable adults around them. Bickel believes there is reason for optimism: the delta variant has led to a significant increase in vaccinations. He says it’s more likely that when we face a new wave of diseases, the population should be in a better position to deal with it.

Pediatric COVID-19 cases have been a concern in Flagler County, although health department officials say they don’t see a significant number of hospitalizations among children there.

The largest group of cases in Florida last week was in the under-12 group: it was 23,000.

In Flagler County, medical director of the health department, Dr. Stephen Bickel, that he’s seen that pediatric spike too, with cases jumping 100 times as kids returned to school. While children typically weather COVID-19 better than adults and are hospitalized much less often, Dr. Bickel says the case numbers in that age group are not trivial and points to the lack of COVID-19 protocols in schools as part of the problem.

“No masks for one, delta variant much more contagious. People have relaxed their vigilance a little bit, so it’s kind of a perfect storm,” Bickel said.

So far, Flagler County School officials have considered but rejected every mask policy, although health department officials say masks are an inexpensive, moderate-to-high-impact strategy.

“It’s really a minimal effort to do it and it prevents quite a few cases because everyone is doing it in the school-age population,” Bickel said.

Medical experts say children who become infected are less likely to become seriously ill, but they can spread the virus to vulnerable adults around them. Bickel believes there is reason for optimism: the delta variant has led to a significant increase in vaccinations. He says it’s more likely that when we face a new wave of diseases, the population should be in a better position to deal with it.

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